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Great American Beach Party brings antique cars, alligators — and crowds

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:50:00 PDT

The laughter and chatter of the crowds at Saturday’s Great American Beach Party in Fort Lauderdale were frequently interrupted by an eclectic chorus of sounds, from the squawk of a parrot to the rev of an engine.

Music swelled from two stages at both ends of the street where the event was held...


Biker gangs leave trail of mayhem while claiming South Florida, authorities say

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:45:00 PDT

Hoodlum biker gangs leaving trails of exhaust, murder and mayhem in their wake are not a thing of yesteryear, as demonstrated by a recent killing pinned on the notorious Outlaws Motorcycle Club near Orlando.

The Outlaws, whose motto is “God forgives, Outlaws don’t,” have been actively challenging...


Alert worker foils audacious attempt to rip off forklift

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:05:00 PDT

Their audacity was outweighed only by the item they tried to steal from a Deerfield Beach industrial firm on May 19 — a forklift.

The three thieves dressed for the part, wearing reflective vests and hard hats, and they arrived at the Crawford-Tracey Corporation in an 18-wheeler and a tow truck,...


Hollywood city attorney agrees to resign after DUI arrest

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:25:00 PDT

Hollywood City Attorney Jeff Sheffel said he planned to keep his $210,000-a-year job after his DUI arrest two months ago.

He had a change of heart after Commissioner Dick Blattner asked for his resignation during a recent public meeting.

“Clients get to choose their lawyers. Lawyers don’t choose...


Woman stole $21,000 in vacation home scam, deputies say

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:35:00 PDT

A Minnesota couple wanted to trade frigid winter weather for Florida sunshine — but walked right into a scam, investigators say.

Karen and Ken Hoime booked a vacation rental home on FlipKey, a rental company owned by TripAdvisor. They booked their flight to spend February in Florida and sent two...


Nancy Pelosi in South Florida, talks up Democratic hopes, tamps down impeachment talk

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:40:00 PDT

Nancy Pelosi, who will return to her former role as U.S. House speaker if Democrats win control next year, declined Friday to offer what so many energized activists in her party want to hear: a promise to impeach President Donald Trump.

“I don’t subscribe to making any statements about impeachment,”...


Cocaine comes roaring back to South Florida — and then some

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:40:00 PDT

Cocaine is making a comeback in South Florida.

Colombian cocaine production is at a record high, and traffickers are bringing the drug into the southern half of the Sunshine State more now than in the last decade, Drug Enforcement Administration officials say.

While Americans turned their attention...


Coral Springs woman charged with DUI manslaughter in Tamarac crash

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:25:00 PDT

A Coral Springs woman who was convicted eight years ago of driving under the influence is charged with DUI manslaughter after a crash in April in Tamarac, authorities say.

It was about 8 p.m. on April 8 when Stephanie Alexandra Pantuliano, 29, drove a Cadillac sedan along Northwest 79th Avenue...


Another reason to curse South Florida humidity — fleas

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:35:00 PDT

Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend: an onslaught of fleas.

Veterinarians say this is the perfect season for the bloodsuckers that lay claim on house pets, making dogs and cats — and their owners — absolutely miserable.

“South Florida is never really good, but right now is extraordinarily...


Broward property values soar to highest level

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:10:00 PDT

Broward County’s property values continued their robust growth this year and are now at their highest level ever, topping the previous record set 10 years ago before the Great Recession collapsed the real estate market.

For property owners, the increased values are a mixed blessing. They signal...


Traditional public schools expect hard times ahead

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:05:00 PDT

Between President Donald Trump’s budget proposal and the Florida Legislature’s education bill, the message is clear: Parents should be able to choose where their children go to school.

The federal government would help finance new or expanding charter schools and private school vouchers under Trump’s...


Beach boot camp in Hollywood still kicking after 20 years

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:19:00 PDT

It's hard to miss Ali Witherspoon.

He's the big guy with the bulging biceps and booming voice who’s known around Hollywood for launching the longest-running beach boot camp in South Florida.

That was nearly 20 years ago, and he and his recruits are still going strong — despite the soft sand, the...


Parkland man, 30, dies after motorcycle wreck in Coral Springs

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:27:00 PDT

A motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet crashed when a Nissan made a left turn in front of him, authorities said.

Sebastian Figueroa, 30, of Parkland, died Tuesday, a day after the crash in the 5700 block of University Drive, said Detective Ernesto Bruna, of the Coral Springs Police Department.


Broward Sheriff's Office K-9 mistaken for coyote and shot

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Pedro the police dog met an untimely off-duty death when he was mistaken for a coyote, shot and killed.

Pedro lived with Broward sheriff’s Sgt. Ian Sklar in Parkland.

The dog got out of Sklar’s fenced-in yard while running after an animal, according to sheriff’s officials.

When Pedro startled neighbor...


Hollywood Police Department says missing evidence a thing of the past

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:35:00 PDT

When Hollywood police failed to keep track of their evidence room — losing $137,609 in cash and 1,096 pills — they got a sharp rebuke from a county watchdog agency for not catching the colossal error.

The missing evidence cost the police department its state accreditation two years ago. It also...


Coconut Creek, victim's family settle police Taser case

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:25:00 PDT

The city of Coconut Creek and the family of a man who died after being shocked with police Tasers have reached an undisclosed settlement, records show.

The case of Calvon “Andre” Reid, who was unarmed and asking for medical help the night he was stunned 10 times by three police officers, was scheduled...


Burglar beats and cuts homeowner before fleeing, police say

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:55:00 PDT

When a Fort Lauderdale homeowner armed himself with a knife and confronted a burglar, he was put in a choke hold, beaten with a broomstick and cut so badly he needed several stitches, authorities said Thursday.

The burglar was stabbed in the leg before making his escape, according to police.



New details, and a South Florida tie, emerge in Russian hacking of Democratic Party

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:25:00 PDT

One more sliver of information about last year’s hacking of the Democrats came into the open Thursday. And it involves a South Florida connection.

Aaron Nevins, of Plantation, was the recipient of a trove of information from Guccifer 2.0, a hacker that stole information from the Democratic Congressional...


Man found dead on Hollywood Beach was Assistant U.S. Attorney

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Hollywood police have identified the man found dead Wednesday morning near the beach as Beranton Whisenant, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

His death may have been caused by a gunshot wound to his head or another type of trauma, Hollywood police spokeswoman...


Memorial Day holiday schedule

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:21:50 PDT

Here's what will be open and closed in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties on Monday, May 29, 2017.

Broward County


• Federal, state, county and municipal offices will be closed.

• Public schools, colleges and universities will be closed.


• Banks, stock markets and...


Broward lawyer owes child pornography victims $142,600, judge rules in growing national trend

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:40:00 PDT

When a Broward lawyer was convicted of possessing more than 1,000 child pornography photos and videos, which he viewed at home and at his law firm, he was sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison.

But earlier this month, in a growing trend, a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale also ordered David...


Fatal police shooting in Sunrise goes to grand jury

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:55:00 PDT

A grand jury is expected to decide within the next several days whether a Sunrise police officer was justified in fatally shooting a mentally ill man more than two years ago, court records show.

A federal lawsuit filed by the family of Marlon Woodstock says he never posed a threat but was hit several...


Wasserman Schultz warns Capitol police chief to expect ‘consequences’

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:20:00 PDT

Video of a hearing shows U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston vowing “consequences” over the U.S. Capitol Police chief’s refusal to return equipment evidently belonging to her that his agency is holding as part of a criminal investigation into a staffer.

Wasserman Schultz, a former chairwoman...


Holiday weekend means more boats — and bigger risk of tragedy

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:00 PDT

As South Florida recovers from a deadly week on the water, the busiest and potentially most dangerous weekend is upon us.

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kickoff to the summer season, can bring out thousands of boaters. But it also draws to the water a precarious mixture of alcohol, nimble...


Thief met victims online and robbed them at gunpoint, cops say

Thu, 25 May 2017 02:20:00 PDT

Police say they have arrested a Fort Lauderdale man who met his victims online, lured them to a dead end street and robbed them at gunpoint.

Malik Nakhal, 20, was arrested Tuesday. He is being held on $125,000 bond in the Broward Main Jail on armed robbery and aggravated assault charges.

A couple,...